July 17, 2017: World’s leading logistics company and the Logistics Partner of Formula E, DHL, has delivered all 40 fully-electric racing cars taking part in the Championship. The Delivery also had lithium-ion batteries, charging stations, garage equipment and track infrastructure for the 10 teams that will compete in the Qualcomm New York City ePrix races in Brooklyn on July 15 and 16. The event in New York marks the second to last stop of the 2016/17 season which concludes in Montreal, Canada, in late July.
“With the FIA Formula E Championship, DHL, a pioneer in green logistics, is working alongside a pacesetter in clean auto racing with a vision to advance automotive technology at large. Handling the logistics for this championship presents a great opportunity to showcase how the transport of all the equipment needed to stage this great event can be done while minimising the carbon footprint of the entire operation. Furthermore, Formula E provides a platform to engage with young urban audiences on sustainability which is the core of our marketing partnership with Formula E,” said Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express.
Throughout the third season, DHL is transporting more than 450 tonnes of equipment, covering more than 50,000 kilometers as the Championship travels to nine countries on five continents. The cargo for the Qualcomm New York City ePrix travelled to the US from Europe via ocean freight which produces 100 times less CO2 emissions than transporting the same cargo via air. DHL has also used road and rail transport modes when possible throughout this and previous seasons.
DHL is developing innovative logistics solutions as part of its environmental protection initiatives. Earlier this year, DHL had announced that it would reduce all logistics-related emissions to net zero by the year 2050. With the hope of contributing to limiting global warming, DHL aims to work at the local level by increasing use of clean transport solutions. By 2025, the company will operate 70 percent of its own first and last mile services with clean pickup and delivery solutions such as bike and electric vehicles. DHL has significantly ramped up the production of its StreetScooter, an electric delivery van originally designed for its Deutsche Post operations in Germany. Some 20,000 units should be produced this year for use by the German mail and parcel unit as well as for sale to third parties. DHL has also teamed up with Ford-Werke GmbH to manufacture a larger delivery vehicle based on the Ford Transit chassis.